Monday, February 21, 2011

Review -- DAVID NEWBERRY -- When We Learn The Things We Need To Learn

David Newberry

There is always greater interest in doing reviews for musicians I have been lucky enough to see live, so David Newberry’s disk was one I was definitely looking forward to listening to. In this case it helped that Newberry’s performance Oct. 21 at 5th Avenue Cup & Saucer in Yorkton was one of the best nights of live music that has occurred in Yorkton, at least those shows I have seen, in months.
Newberry has a friendly approach when performing live with stories connected to many songs which allow him to interact in a natural way with the audience.
Musically, Newberry is a minstrel of old seemingly reincarnated for today. He is a natural poet, able to capture stories and emotions easily with his words. You can mark this guy as one of the better songwriters of the current folk world in Canada. Truly excellent with songs such as All of My Friends are Famous, a song with a political message that speaks back to songwriters of the 1960s.
Performance wise, Newberry can deliver his songs as good as it gets. I was talking to Dale Winnitowy after the show, who himself reviewed music for years, back in the ancient age of LPs and 8-tracks. He has been a music fan for decades. The conversation soon had Newberry’s performance likened to Bob Dylan when you could still understand the words Dylan was singing.
Now I’ll admit comparing someone to the great Dylan may be a surprise for some, but Newberry can wear the mantle easily. You hear the similarities in the lyrical approach, the vocals and the way both artists speak of the world they see around them.
This is without a doubt a disk worth owning, and if Newberry is playing near you in the future, take in the show. You will be glad you did.
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-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Nov 3, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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